1. Is so-called Islamic State finished?
    Under fire from Russian, Turkish, Iraqi, Syrian and Kurdish forces, as well as US air power, so-called Islamic State has lost large swathes of land, as well as fighters and money. What does this mean for the Islamist militant group? Is it finished?
  2. How Sweden became an exporter of jihad
    Sweden is a peaceful democratic state that has long been a safe haven for those fleeing conflict. Yet many young people whose families took refuge there are now turning their back on the country. More than 300 people have gone to fight in Syria and Iraq, making Sweden per capita one of the biggest exporters of jihadists in Europe.
  3. Kuwait arrests 2 Iranians ahead of Shiite memorial
    KUWAIT CITY – Authorities in Kuwait say two Iranians have been arrested after being seen photographing Shiite congregation halls ahead of a major religious ceremony.
  4. Bombing lull by Syrian government brings calm to Aleppo
    Damascus, Oct 6 (IANS) A relative calm reigned over the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo on Thursday after the government announced a reduction in bombings, a British monitoring group said.
  5. Forces poised to attack Hawija urge locals to revolt against ISIS
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—A date to launch an offensive against the Islamic State (ISIS) in its stronghold of Hawija has been set, said a Sunni Arab member of the Kirkuk provincial council, and the local population have been advised to rise up against the radical group as soon as the army has pulled the trigger.
  6. The day after
    A PROMINENT Sunni preacher is describing how the demise of Islamic State could herald a new era of Sunni-Shia reconciliation, when a Shia soldier at the checkpoint outside his home town of Samara interrupts his musings.
  7. Shia should not be allowed to enter Mosul
    (AhlulBayt News Agency) – Interviewed by Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi on the Saudi Arabia-based TV station Rotana on 2 Oct., Erdogan stated that Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the Western coalition “will not allow sectarian dominance” after ISIS yerrorists are ousted.
  8. Syrian Army takes full control of strategic district in east Aleppo
    (AhlulBayt News Agency) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continued their large-scale offensive inside the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo City on Thursday, targeting the key district of Suleiman Al-Halabi, which was under the control of Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki.
  9. Saudi Arabia lifts ban on Israeli website
    (AhlulBayt News Agency) – Recent media reports stated that all major Zionist news sites have became accessible in the Saudi kingdom, Jerusalem Post wrote on Thursday in an article about lifting ban on JP’s websites in Saudi Arabia.